Children of the Enaisi – Coming Very Soon!

Very soon – very, very soon! Most likely by Christmas.

Honest!

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A life-destroying secret haunts one man, while another breaks his life oath to join murderous outlaws, and an entire people are threatened with upheaval by the rediscovery of ancient technology.

 

“This is an excellent book indeed. The characters are soundly crafted, and I soon found myself pulling for the protagonists and roundly cursing the villains. The society is complex and intriguing; the action scenes are detailed and well described. I look forward to reading the rest of this fine series.”
P.M. Griffin

“Children of the Enaisi has a beautiful high concept with a mysterious past of lost technology and ancient secrets. A fresh new take on Rangers that fans of classic pulp fantasy will love.”
Jon Del Arroz

 

Children of the Enaisi

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Children of the Enaisi – it’s on the Sword’s Edge of being released!

Yes, it’s true! The second book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is almost here!

A life-destroying secret haunts one man, while another breaks his life oath to join murderous outlaws, and an entire people are threatened with upheaval by the rediscovery of ancient technology.

 

http://loriendil.com/CE.php

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The Concept of Deity in My Writing

Since I overslept yesterday and got to the author event an hour and a half late, I couldn’t sleep all night long, last night. Naturally. One of the many things I mulled over during the forever of last night was the concept of deity in my Sword’s Edge Chronicles. Although I had not consciously intended it to be that way, as so often happens, it definitely fits with my own concepts and worldview of a higher being, compared to that of many cultures, past and present.

Then today—coincidentally? strange, that—I read Sarah A. Hoyt’s post “They Walk Like Men” and she explains it perfectly in discussing ancient ‘high civilizations’: “There is religion and gods, but they’re things to appease, not a dictate of good behavior.”

This describes exactly what I had been musing at about four in the morning (I have a cuckoo clock, which irritatingly mocks me during sleepless nights). I’m glad the deity touched upon in my series is one who expects a higher moral code or these books would be radically different, and not for the better, in my opinion.

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Hockessin Art and Book Fair – crazy, fun times!

What a day!

First, I overslept my alarm. Then, my secondary alarm failed me (my dog, who always needs to go out before I’m ready to get up – really, she had to pick today to cuddle close and oversleep?).

So I woke up at 9:54 when I was supposed to be at the event and set up by 10 a.m. And I live over an hour away. I didn’t get all my cosplay on, or my cosplay make-up—shucks, I didn’t even brush my hair, I just pulled it up with two flexis. Anyway, I was up, dressed, and out the door with my books and sundry by 10:06. Now if that isn’t some kind of record then it should be!

I managed to make it to the event before 11:30 and without getting a ticket. *whew*

My table buddy, Will Hahn, seemed relieved when I arrived, which was nice of him because he could have spread his stuff out over our whole table if I had been a no-show. After that, things went well, fun even. Although Will declined to have a sword vs ray gun duel. He seemed of the opinion he might not fare well. And alas, I have no photos of his brilliant cosplay because my phone had died. Boo.

I did manage to get a cup of coffee after I arrived, and Will seemed concerned by this as well, because he compared me to post-caffeine Twitchy of Hoodwinked, and that was before I had my coffee. I think I frightened him a little, er, especially after I went back for a second cup. No clue why I was so hyper, but ah well, he survived, so it’s all good I suppose. 🙂

So on to the book sales, because that, of course, is the main reason I go to author events. It’s always cool when someone comes up and says, “I bought the first book of Deuces Wild last year, and it was great, so now I have to get book two!” (Wheee!)

It’s also great (but sad) when folks come up and point to Sword’s Edge and ask, “Is book two out yet? When will it be out?” (When I get the cover. Soon, I hope!) But at least I was able to say “Soon,” then go on to say that the prequel is done and going through editing, and book three is being written, and I hope the rough draft of that is done before Christmas. I wasn’t able to be quite so hopeful about book three of Deuces Wild, but I’m working on that as well. Never fear!

So all in all, despite a rough start, it was a good day. Thanks to all the hard-working people who put together such a well-run event; it’s a joy to attend the Hockessin Art and Book Fair every year! And thanks to Will Hahn for being my table buddy and putting up with my Twitchy behavior! (By the way, if you like epic fantasy, you might meander over to his site and take a peek.)

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Not Good

(before the events of Sword’s Edge)

Marcalan laughed as he strode next to Haladhon, his cousin and a chief of their clan. Beneath the jesting and storytelling, Marcalan kept alert, as did his cousin, hoping to cross the ring of roadway bandits plaguing this area. Dressed not as Rangers but in commoner attire, they appeared as a couple of ordinary wayfarers.

His eyes scanned the woods along the edge of the road. “So, did you make scarce before the innkeeper could pitch you out on your ear?”

“Me? Tossed out of a pub? Cousin!” Haladhon looked properly indignant. “She did chase me with a broom, but I managed to fend her off with a wink and a kiss.”

“Stars, cousin, how do you always escape unscathed?”

Haladhon’s eyes twinkled. “Need you ask?”

Marcalan shook his head with a sigh—a tingle of something awry halted him, and he threw an arm out in front of Haladhon. Six men armed with swords leaped from the bushes. The two Rangers drew their own blades as the men ran toward them.

“Oh, this is not good,” Marcalan muttered.

“What gave you that notion, Mar?” Haladhon asked.

Marcalan parried one man’s attack, sidestepped the second’s, swung his blade through to go back to the first, then answered, “It was just a thought.” He kicked at the third man attacking him, and although his aim was off, hitting the man’s arm instead of his gut, it did well as the man dropped his sword to grab the arm, yelling in pain.

He backstepped the first man, and said to Haladhon, “I could be wrong, however.” He came in with a downward diagonal attack successfully, cutting the man’s sword arm deeply, then turned to the second man as he heard Haladhon reply, “You often are.”

“You think so?” Marcalan sidestepped, striking his opponent across the shoulder. The man fell with a cry, and he turned to face the third man who had retrieved his sword. Marcalan’s quick lunge unbalanced the man, and Marcalan disarmed him easily. He held his sword to the man’s throat as he watched Haladhon finish his last opponent.

As the man fell, Haladhon turned, lowering his sword.

“Aye. See you what I mean? Six men down, and our mission to find the men who had been robbing travelers is over that quickly. Now how is that not good?”

“I stand corrected.” Marcalan inclined his head in lieu of a bow, never taking his sword away from his man’s throat.

“However…” Haladhon looked around thoughtfully for a few moments. “I do see a problem.”

“What?”

“We have to escort these men, some of them wounded, almost a full day’s journey before handing them over.”

Marcalan groaned. “See, I told you it was not good.”

 

END

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Dover Comic Con Is Almost Upon Us!

It’s less than a week until the Dover Comic Con, and I’m getting excited! Cosplay, spending the day with My People, geeking out about geeking – I cannot wait!!!

Since it’s so close to the Con, I thought I’d do a little self-promotion. I don’t do this well. But it’s part and parcel of being an author, so I sorta have to if I want my stories read. And I do want my stories read! Makes sense, eh?

If you haven’t yet gotten Sword’s Edge, now is the time to buy it, so you can be ready to read the sequel – and no, it’s not published, but it’s close! The sequel is finished, it’s just techy/business/marketing stuff at this point. But soooooon!
And it’s called Children of the Enaisi. Remember that. Soon. Honest. Very soon!

And what are these two books about, you ask? They’re all about swords, capes, and fun medieval-ish culture, but no, there’s no magic. Not what we would call magic, although some of the people on that world might. It’s forgotten ancient technology, and it’s being rediscovered.

From the review by the TLC Librarian: “King creates wonderful characters, unfolding them naturally… [She] weaves science fiction with the setting and atmosphere of the medieval period in a way that is believable and thrilling. From swords and candles to artificial light and automatic doors, she makes it all fit together. Sword’s Edge is another triumph for Lee King. I’m already asking for the sequel.”

And if you come to the Con, you can buy Sword’s Edge, and get it signed by the crazy dame that wrote it! 🙂

And about my other series, Deuces Wild – there are two novels published in that series. Beginners’ Luck and Stacking the Deck.
Cowboys and space pirates; lassos, horses, and ray guns; ranchers and galactic governments; and all with lots of swashbuckling and just plain fun.
Don’t take my word for it:

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. …you probably won’t put it down until you finish.”
Lou Antonelli

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.”
Mike Resnick

So there you have it!

And again, if you don’t have the books, you can pick them up at Dover Comic Con this coming Saturday, 19 August, 2017, at booth #52.
I’ll be there.
With bells on!

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Summertime Reading Suggestions

If you want something to read this summer, perhaps lazing by a pool or on the beach, or even in your backyard, (or like me, perhaps just reclining on your sofa) might I suggest some raygun-zapping space adventure with my Deuces Wild series? Two books are published so far, and there’s some serious fun in those pages:

 

“It’s fast-paced, fun, and well-written. … Make sure you don’t have anything on your schedule the day you start reading it – you probably won’t put it down until you finish.” – Lou Antonelli

“Recommended reading to all lovers of space opera, science fiction, and unlikely buddies saving the universe.” – Keanan Brand

“In DEUCES WILD, L. S. King gives us a fast-moving adventure, told with wit and grace, and more than a dose of humor.” – Mike Resnick

 

 

 

Also, it’s a great time to be introduced to Tam, Alcandhor, and their kin in Sword’s Edge. Book two of the series, Children of the Enaisi, will be out this fall. In case you can’t tell by the title, there’s swordplay to be had in the book, and some cape-swishing too, if you like that sort of thing – which I do. I blame Zorro and Johnston McCulley.

 

 

 

 

(And just in case you enjoy holding a real book, but like to have e-books for when you’re on the go, my books all have the Amazon Matchbook price: buy the print book and you can purchase the Kindle version for a lower price: only $0.99 for each Deuces Wild, and $1.99 for Sword’s Edge.)

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